Brief Course Description: Intermediary Metabolism is a graduate and upper-level undergraduate course taught each fall by Professor Hal White. A fundamental general background in biochemistry at the level of CHEM-641/642 (or CHEM-527) is assumed.

Courses in intermediary metabolism share with organic chemistry the reputation for presenting enormous amounts of tedious information that has to be regurgitated on impossible examinations. This course is not about memorization of structures and obscure pathways. You will have a lifetime to do that, if you want. This course is about understanding, thinking, pursuing knowledge, identifying resources, and communicating. It is about making metabolism understandable, hopefully interesting, and possibly exciting enough that you will want to continue learning about it for the rest of your life. In order to emphasize those objectives,  Intermediary Metabolism is taught using a combination of interactive lectures, homework assignments, and group problem-solving in a Problem-Based Learning format in which groups of students work cooperatively on complex problems (case studies) during class time and turn in individual assignments after each. There are multiple graded assignments including a midterm and final examination. Personal initiative in the form of outside reading and class participation is expected. Please examine the course-related documents linked below:

Syllabus Fall 2012

Schedule Fall 2012

Midterm Examinations:  2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,
Final Examinations:        2004
,  2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,
Quizzes : Photosynthesis
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,
               Amino Acid     2007, 2009, 2010,

Final Student Course Evaluations: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,

Home work Assignments 

PBL Problems Group Project Assignment
Case Study/PBL Problem Writing Assignment (prior to 2011). Metabolic Pathways and Internet Resource Links

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